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Pakistani police say new raids foil more attacks

Police say they have seized six suspected Taliban militants in an eastern Pakistani city and foiled several attacks that planned to target politicians and places of worship.

An injured Pakistani police officer crawls towards an armored vehicle in the compound of a police training school on the outskirts of Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, March 30, 2009. Pakistani soldiers and other security forces laid siege Monday to the police academy that heavily armed gunmen attacked earlier, killing 11 officers and taking others hostage in a brazen assault that underscored the growing threat militancy poses to the U.S.-allied, nuclear-armed country. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Police say they have seized six suspected Taliban militants in an eastern Pakistani city and foiled several attacks that planned to target politicians and places of worship.

Police Chief Usman Anwar in the city of Sargodha says one of the Taliban's top recruiters was among those arrested in the two raids Monday.

He says the arrests prevented "mayhem" in the city. The cell planned to launch strikes next week on foreign targets, politicians and two places of worship.

The raids in Sargodha follow another bust in the country's south. Police in Karachi say seven members of another extremist group were arrested, preventing more planned attacks.


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